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    gtx 690
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121636 1050.00 x 2 = 2100.00

    maximus V formula
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131854 x 1 = 290.00

    i7 3770k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116501 x 1 = 330.00

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    total z77 = 2720$




    GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130801 $590.00 x 4 = 2360.00

    RIVF
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131808 $370 x 1 = 370.00

    i7 3820
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115229 $280 x 1 = 280.00
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    Total x79 = 3010$


    Yes its slightly more expensive, but you are getting a far superior graphics setup (those classifieds would absolutely smoke gtx 690s) and 4gb of RAM on those cards. 690's list 4GB in the product listing, but it is actually 2GB x 2 (2gb per GPU, which is only 2GB effective).

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    Or the OP can go 4 ASUS 680 4GB's @ 569.99 a piece x 4 = $2279

    Plus your recommendations make the total @ 2929.96
    Last edited by Myk SilentShadow; 12-31-2012 at 11:13 PM.

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    I think that hyperthreading is useful while gaming..... but it does depend on which games you play. He's a capture from taskmanager while running GW2, just to illustrate.

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    Thank you for your reply's, my main concern isn't necessarily the price because i can get 2x690's for $1500 localy, my main focus is what would work and would be the best setup, within reason. Now i do know that the x79 RIVE or RIVF would be better for multiple GPU's but would it be better than the z77 setup with 1 or 2 GPU's

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    Sounds to me like you're digging yourself into a hole.

    Here are your options:
    * give up on triple monitor gaming at that resolution, and use the 690(s) on a single screen.
    * stay with your triple monitor setup, get 2 680 (4gb) and recognize you will not be able upgrade this system, should you find you need more performance, you are stuck starting over.
    * switch to a Radeon based setup on z77, run 3 way crossfire on the MVF with your triple screen setup.
    * go to x79 and have all options on the table -- add capacity as needed, 1, 2, 3 or 4 4gb cards, you can start with 2 cards, and upgrade to 3 or 4 at a later date if you ever wanted to.

    I don't think its wise at all to use 690's for 3 monitors at that resolution. You will find yourself dropping your detail etc in games just to make them run.

    I myself bought 680s when they first came out, and I cannot run BF3 at max detail (it crashes) because i dont have enough ram on the cards. I'm running 3 1680x1050 monitors (5140x1050) Your problem will be far worse because your resolution is going to be much higher than mine.

    In the end, its your decision of course, I just dont want you walking into this blind. $4000 is a lot of money to spend on a system, only to find out later it cannot do what you want it to do.
    Last edited by Xaanix; 12-31-2012 at 11:46 PM.

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    i was thinking the same, well at least with a single monitor, I can just use a single 2560x1440 with a single 690 or 2x680s, since this is getting complicated for what i need

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    So you think a RIVF or RIVE with a i7-3820

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    The hard thing for me is that every where I read on websites is that the i5-3570k is the best gaming cpu you can get, i7-3770k is right behind it, then the 2011 socket cpu's

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    Highest 2011 socket with 3930k, High 1155 socket 3770k, Lower high 3570k.

    Mobo: Unless you're going with custom loop liquid system the RIVF will fit your need if you decide on a 2011 system.

    3570k isn't the best gaming cpu, it's the best gaming cpu performance/price. The 3770k is slightly better but not so much when it comes to gaming.

    The reason the 690 isn't recommended to run triple monitor is due to it having 2x2gb memory while a 680 4gb version has 4gb. The 690 have 2gb per GPU while the 680 has 4gb. For running multimonitor setup 2x 680 4gb is much better than a single 690. Also performance wise 2 680s are better than a single 690 due to the 690 being downclocked version of 2 680s. The 690 is even with 2 670s.
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    what makes the 3770k better than the 3570k for gaming, also i have decided to go with a single monitor and a single 690

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